Tis that time of year when there is so much going on you miss important moments or you struggle to keep up. For many music teachers, this is a true performance season where winter concerts happen (weather permitting) and caroling is normal around school and the community.
This last week I was able to attend a production of Nutcracker with my daughter and her classmates (my students) for the first time in about 5 years. It was lovely and now my daughter really has her heart set on dance lessons. I also had the privilege to take our 80 member Honor Choir on a caroling tour around our city. Truly a day of spreading joy. We were invited to sing at a mall, our main airport, a nearby nursing home, and our district’s administration building leaving smiles everywhere we went (even the pizza buffet we went to for lunch).
Even with all of this joy, it is easy to forget that some of these students live in rough homes/neighborhoods, don’t have a home or are in the Foster Care system, or have never been to places like this due to lack of transportation or no money to experience such venues. My heart is with these students both with pride and empathy having grown up in similar circumstances using music as my anchor when life gets rough. Hopefully, it won’t be too much longer before these students can experience true joy without worrying about where their next meal is coming from or if they can afford to go to the doctor if they get sick.
Just some random thoughts for you today. Make it a good day or not! The choice is your’s!